Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?
Bleeding gums are a common indicator of the presence of gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a growing oral health concern that affects millions of Americans. Bleeding gums can also be caused for other reasons such as pregnancy, aggressive flossing and brushing, dentures that do not fit correctly, and certain medications. If your gums bleed on a regular basis, do not ignore them. Let your dentist know if your frequently experience bleeding of the gums as soon as possible.
Gum pain, sore gums, and gums that bleed are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. At this stage, it is easily reversed if treatment is sought out promptly. At-home oral care, routine visits to the dentist for cleanings, and early diagnosis are the best ways to avoid secondary damage caused by gum disease.
Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection that will worsen if left untreated. As disease-causing bacteria multiply they begin to form pockets in the gums and eventually spread to the bloodstream. Dentists commonly associate the presence of periodontal disease with a full range of oral and systemic health conditions.
Dunnellon, FL dentist Dr. Carter Perkins offers comprehensive periodontal therapy for the treatment of gum disease. Dr. Perkins has over 25 years of experience helping patients restore the health of their gums and teeth. Dr. Perkins takes a uniquely comprehensive approach to dental care. Every oral health exam will review the whole oral cavity for a more thorough evaluation and targeted treatment for your dental health concerns.
Oral Health & Gum Disease
Healthy gums play an important role in your overall oral health. Gums help to stabilize teeth and protect the root structure from damage or sensitivity. Twice daily brushing and flossing and regular six-month visits to the dentist office can help keep your gums clean and healthy.
Patients with gum disease are more susceptible to:
- Chronic halitosis
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, painful gums
- Receding gum line
- Shifting of teeth
- Tooth loss
- Bone deterioration
- Jaw recession
Systemic Health & Gum Disease
As gum disease progresses it is widely believed that the bacteria can actually increase a patient’s risk of major health complications. Disease-causing bacteria enter the bloodstream and begin to affect the health of the whole body. This is what dentists commonly refer to as the oral-body connection. The health of the teeth and gums directly impacts the well-being of the whole patient, making regular visits to the dentist important for good health and quality of life.
Patients with advanced periodontitis are more likely to develop:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attack
Gum Disease FAQs
What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?
The earliest symptoms of gingivitis are shown through persistent red and inflamed gums. Another symptom is when gums constantly bleed while brushing or flossing. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and can be treated quickly if diagnosed early.
Is gum disease contagious?
Gum disease can be passed to others, but it is typically caused by an individual’s genetic makeup and oral hygiene. It is widely thought that parents with gum disease can pass it to their children by sharing drinks. It is never recommended to share drinks or utensils with anyone, even if they are related to you because you do not know what bacteria they could be passing to you.
Can gum disease cause tooth loss?
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Gum disease causes the gums to become inflamed which can cause them to pull at teeth. When gums do this teeth have less support, making them looser and more likely to need to be removed.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Dunnellon, FL
If you experience frequent bleeding of the gums, swelling, or discomfort, contact Dr. Perkins. Dr. Perkins and our dental care team provide comprehensive treatment options for periodontal disease. Perkins Dentistry welcomes new patients from both Marion and Citrus Counties, including the areas of Ocala and The Villages. To request a dental health exam, contact our dentist office at (352) 292-8749 or request an appointment online.